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Belle Chase Man Pleads Guilty to Methylone Distribution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LYLE RUGGLES, age 23, of Belle Chase, pled guilty today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methylone.

On June 26, 2014, RUGGLES was one of three defendants charged in a one-count indictment. According to the factual basis, on May 13, 2013,law enforcement was alerted that RUGGLES, who was wanted for outstanding attachments, would be driving his Chevrolet Silverado on Interstate 10 from Kenner to New Orleans between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Detectives stopped RUGGLES at Interstate 610 and Canal Boulevard, and a search incident to arrest revealed a bag containing 31 capsules of methylone, along with other drugs.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon scheduled sentencing for February 5, 2015.  RUGGLES faces 20 years imprisonment along with 3 years supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations, the New Orleans Police Department, and the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated November 26, 2014